Temporary day closure of Plough Lane Bridge

Plough Lane Bridge will be temporarily closed on Saturday 8 February 2003 from 7am to 3pm in order to position new bridge beams to allow completion of the second half of the essential bridge reconstruction, warns Merton Council.

The Council has distributed letters to residents and businesses in the areas surrounding Plough Lane Bridge to warn them of the temporary closure. Temporary signing advising motorists of the closure and diversion routes will be erected shortly.

For safety reasons the work has to be carried out during daylight hours as the overhead power lines cannot be seen at night and the large crane needed to lift the bridge components must be able to operate in safety.

Pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge during the closure period and access for vehicles to adjacent premises will be maintained. If for unforeseen reasons the work cannot be carried out, for example if there are high winds, it will be postponed until the following Saturday 15 February 2003.

Plough Lane Bridge, which was constructed over 100 years ago, has been undergoing essential maintenance work to replace the deck and foundations. The work has had to be carried out in a multi-phase operation to move high voltage cables that ran the length of the bridge before replacing the deck in two stages.

Councillor Russell Makin, Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this one day temporary closure. The essential Plough Lane Bridge reconstruction has successfully moved into the final stages and I appeal to residents and road users for their patience and understanding until the work is completed.”

For further information contact Merton Council’s Highways Engineer, Lee Baldwin, on 020 8545 3899, or contact the Balfour Beatty Construction site office on 020 8543 6321.